Nabrajah Field Starts Pumping [Archives:2005/861/Local News]

July 21 2005

Norwegian independent DNO announced on Friday the start of production at its Nabrajah field development in Yemen's Block 43.

The first well, Nabrajah 2, was brought on stream Jul. 12 at a rate of 5,000 b/d, and three more oil producing wells — Nabrajah 1, 3 and 4 – will have been connected by last week. A fifth production well, Nabrajah 7, was due to be drilled into the reservoir over the weekend, and Nabrajah 6 has already been drilled and completed as a water injector.

As previously stated, DNO plans to raise production capacity to 15,000 b/d by the end of August and, as a result of additional reserves in the Nabrajah field, increase this to 50,000 b/d by the fourth quarter of 2006 (IOD Jul.6,p7).

DNO owns a 56.67% operating interest in the Nabrajah project alongside Oil Search (28.33%) and state-owned Yemen Co. (15%).

At the early production stage, the Nabrajah central processing facilities will be in testing mode in order to secure a stable and safe build up of production. The results will provide DNO with further reservoir information to optimize its production and development strategy, the company said.

Combined proven and probable oil reserves in the field's Qishn and basement Kohlan structures are estimated at 68 million bbl.